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Congressman Jerry McNerney announces academic competition

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 am

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, announced on Monday he will host the inaugural Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academic Competition for students in California’s 9th Congressional District. The competition is part of a nationwide House Student App Challenge created to encourage students to participate in STEM education programs.

“This contest is a great way for our students to show off what they’re learning. STEM education is incredibly important because those fields are where the jobs will be in the future,” McNerney said in a press release. “We need to encourage our students who have a passion and enthusiasm for math and science.”

Participating students from McNerney’s district will develop a software application for mobile, tablet, or desktop platforms. The winning app will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol and featured on McNerney’s website.

Students will create a three-minute video explaining how the app works and what they learned while participating in the contest. Students should upload their video on YouTube or VIMEO and include a link with their entry.

The contest is open to all high school students who reside in the 9th Congressional District. Participants may compete individually or in teams of up to four students.

Interested students can register online by April 30.

For more information, attend McNerney’s San Joaquin County kick-off from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Thomas Alva Edison High School, 1425 S. Center St., Stockton.

The event will include app demonstrations and discussions, as well as a brief overview of the rules and registration process for the contest. There will also be an opportunity for the students in attendance to register for the competition with the assistance of staff members.

For more information, call Chiakis Xiong in McNerney’s Stockton office at 209-476-8552.

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